Last night we watched two games that started out so similar with 0-0 scores until the final inning, yet ended so differently. The Phillies lost its 0-0 game in the bottom of the tenth inning on a two out, three-run Mets homer while its Florida State League farm team, the Clearwater Threshers, won its 4-0 game over the Dunedin Blue Jays by scoring four runs in the top of the ninth innings after two outs..
The difference in the Threshers’ win was good base running and hitting in the top of the ninth. Then, shutdown relief pitching in the bottom of the ninth was superb. This compared to the Phillies mistake on the base path in the top of the tenth and relief pitching giving up the walk-off homer in the bottom the tenth.
The shutdown relief pitching came from Kyle Dohy who looks like he could be the left- handed version of Seranthony Dominguez and move up quickly in the Phillies system.
The Threshers got the run they needed on a Luke Williams infield single, a wild pitch, an infield out by Henri Lartigue which advanced Williams to third and another wild pitch which scored him.
Then, the Threshers hitters came to life and tacked on three more runs with a RBI single by Mickey Moniak and RBI doubles by Kyle Martin and Grenny Cumana for the 4-0 win. Watch HERE. The outburst of four runs in the ninth broke a string of 26.2 scoreless innings by the Threshers hitters in the Blue Jays series.
The victory could not have taken place without the shutout pitching by the Threshers. Starter Felix Paulino went five scoreless innings. Jakob Hernandez added two more shutout innings in the sixth and seventh waiting for the offense to come to life.
The most impressive pitching performance was by Dohy who came on to strikeout five Blue Jays in his two innings of work. Watch Dohy strikeout three in the ninth for the win. HERE.
Dohy relied on a 93-95 mph fastball which topped at 96 mph and low to mid 80’s off speed stuff to completely dominate the Blue Jays batters. He definitely looks ready to move up again after starting the season with Lakewood or challenge for an Arizona Fall League slot!
After the Threshers win, I walked back home to watch the end of the Phillies game and saw the very different result.